Rebuilding America's Schools at the Intersection of Education, Architecture, and Community
Sabel, Mike, The Next American City
IN 1999, OMAHA PUBLIC SCHOOLS WERE CONSIDERING building a new elementary school just west of the Missouri River on the low-income fringe of downtown. They were concerned, however, about Drake Court Apartments, adjacent to the chosen site. The 216-unit historic apartment complex, completed in 1919, was vacant and had become a notorious magnet for illicit activity. Then, NuStyle Development Corporation, an Omaha-based company, heard about the proposed school. They had already considered buying and renovating Drake Court, but had been worried about attracting new tenants.
According to Julie Staveak, a project manager with NuStyle, the possibility of improving the surrounding …
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Publication information: Article title: Rebuilding America's Schools at the Intersection of Education, Architecture, and Community. Contributors: Sabel, Mike - Author. Magazine title: The Next American City. Issue: 5 Publication date: January 1, 2004. Page number: 12+. © The Next American City, Inc. Summer 2008. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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